Republican convention set to begin with another controversy surrounding it

Candidates participated in a forum at Blue Ridge Community College in January.
Candidates participated in a forum at Blue Ridge Community College in January.(WHSV)
Published: May. 18, 2018 at 6:58 PM EDT
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As republican delegates are set to choose a candidate to run for the 6th Congressional District, there is another event drawing attention away from the main event.

This latest development is the most recent in a race that has seen everything from finger pointing to what one candidate says was a fake letter meant to libel her.

John Whitbeck, the Virginia GOP state chairman, said there has been confusion around supporters of Cynthia Dunbar, challenging some delegates' ability to vote. Whitbeck said it is fair to challenge a delegate's ability to vote, but the process became confusing.

On Saturday, the party will pick its candidate for the 6th District House of Representatives seat that Bob Goodlatte is leaving open.

As the Republican Party of Virginia tries to sort things out, Whitbeck said no matter what happens tomorrow the party must come together.

"Whatever the result is on Saturday, there's going to be an incredible duty on the part of all of the campaigns that didn't win and all of their supporters and all the leaders from the state party on down to ensure that we get unified," Whitbeck said. "Because then we've got to win the general election."

Whitbeck has been the chairman of the Virginia GOP for nearly three years. He said on Friday that he has never seen a convention with so much controversy surrounding it as this one.